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Broadband Initiative

Broadband Initiative

Improved broadband coverage is critical to  ensure that your business succeeds.

This spring, the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) initiated a research study to interview the Vilas County town chairmen and their subject matter experts, as well as the county internet service providers (ISPs) to better understand the scope of broadband in our county. 

We are inspired by the tremendous engagement that we have received from the towns, the Lac du Flambeau tribe, and ISP leadership on our research study, and look forward to continuing this important discussion.  We have posted a summary of our work on this page. We are in fact making a significant positive difference to expand and enhance broadband and cell coverage in Vilas County. 

Our objective: to ensure Vilas County has sufficient broadband to sustain and grow its economy and culture for future generations. We have shared our research with our community, and are now working with our townships and the Lac du Flambeau tribe on strategies to move forward.  

We hope this resource page is helpful, and as always, should you have any questions or if we can be of any service please contact Kathy Schmitz, VCEDC Executive Director, at [email protected] Thank you.

February 2021

Vilas County named in Top 10 for best tech practices in US

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Vilas County was recently named in the Top 10 of the 18th annual Digital Counties Survey.

The survey, conducted by Center for Digital Government (CDG) in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services; encourage open data, collaboration, and shared services; enhance cyber­-security; and contribute to disaster response and recovery efforts.

“We applaud this year’s Digital Counties Survey winners for maximizing the benefits of technology in serving our residents, especially during a time when technology has become even more instrumental in connecting people and places,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “The Digital Counties Survey demonstrates how we embrace cutting-edge approaches to strengthening our communities and achieving healthy, safe and vibrant counties across America.”

The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to have Mike Duening, Vilas County IT Director, serve on its board of directors as a professional volunteer, and on the VCEDC Broadband Workgroup.  

For more information about the recognition visit:

September 2020

Boulder Junction and CenturyLink Agree on Highspeed Broadband Contract  

Please CLICK HERE for the news release

For detailed information on the Boulder Junction Broadband Project click here:

Train the Trainer Tips & Techniques for Developing Broadband in Your Community.  October 2020


September 21, 2020

The VCEDC is sharing this information on behalf of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC)
Office of Rural Prosperity:

WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity is pleased to partner with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to announce a new Broadband Connectors Pilot initiative. 

Through this pilot, WEDC will work with six communities during fall 2020 to foster a better understanding of the type(s) of technical assistance they need most to apply for state, federal or private broadband programs. The lessons learned from this initiative will be shared with communities throughout the state through incorporation in Wisconsin’s Playbook for Broadband Progress.  

To be eligible to participate in WEDC’s Broadband Connectors Pilot initiative, applicants must be one of the following: local government (city, village, town or county), tribal government, or school district. 

The application period will be September 21-30, 2020. The application form will be available online starting on Monday, September 21. Click here for more information and the application:

September 1, 2020

The Lakeland Times




Wisconsin Public Service Commission – Broadband Expansion Grants and Resources -

Broadband Now – Great resource for all things Broadband -

Federal Communications Commission – Connect America Fund (CAF) -

Remoters.Net – Information for Remote Working Professionals -

USDA Reconnect Pilot Program – “CAF III) -

Broadband USA Funding Opportunities – A database of Available Funds -


Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Astrea Connect -

AT&T -

CenturyLink -

Charter/Spectrum -

ChoiceTel -

Frontier Communications -

Gogebic Range -

HughNet -

SonicNet –

Starlink -

T-Mobile -  

Verizon -

ViaSat -

Want to learn why Vilas County is one of the best places to live, work, and play?

We can email you a PDF highlighting many of the wonderful aspects of our area.

Download this 8-page PDF article here: